Edward Snowden documentary "Citizen Four" to premiere at London Film Festival

Edward Snowden is the subject of documentary Citizen Four, getting its UK premiere at LFF 2014

Edward Snowden is the subject of documentary Citizen Four, getting its UK premiere at LFF 2014

London Film Festival is looming (October 8 - 19), but the programme still has a few twists and turns left in it. The BFI announced today that the 2014 London Film Festival would now include the UK Premiere of documentary Citizen Four by Academy Award-nominee and Pulitzer prize-winner Laura Poitras. It will be presented as a Documentary Special Presentation at the Festival, screening on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 October.

From The BFI Press Release:

In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was several years into the making of a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies.  In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely unique in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes.

Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival Director, commentsWe are committed to building and expanding our documentary selection at BFI London Film Festival and are thrilled to be bringing audiences this bitingly relevant film that speaks to the political consciousness of our times. Laura Poitras has built a body of work that balances political urgency with striking filmmaking and she demonstrates that again with the hugely significant CITIZENFOUR


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